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personal growth plan
Teacher description of goals set for personal professional growth, including both long- and short-term goals. Many states provide a template for organizing growth plans, often aligned to professional standards (for example, INTASC or school improvement plans). Teachers select professional development, in-service, and continuing education opportunities to help them achieve personal growth goals.
oral history
A method of collecting historical information through recorded interviews with individuals who are willing to share their memories of the past.

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Civil rights protests and dilemmas
In this lesson students explore well-known civil rights protests then listen to two oral histories of individuals who protested in their own way to promote equality for African Americans. Students specifically will consider personal risks involved in protest.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
The value of oral history
In Oral history in the classroom, page 1
Why use oral history with your students? Oral history has benefits that no other historical source provides.
Format: article
By Kathryn Walbert.
The nearer we come to the present, the more difficult it becomes to write history. When we consider events of a hundred years ago, we can evaluate their long-term impact. But the events of the last ten or twenty years are still raw; we don't know their consequences...
Format: article
By David Walbert.
The effects of the Great Depression in North Carolina
This lesson is designed to give the students a better understanding of the personal effects of the Great Depression on the people of North Carolina. It also uses the student's creativity to help others understand these effects.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies and Theater Arts Education)
By Yvonne Carroll.
Brown versus Board of Education: Rhetoric and realities
In this lesson, students will listen to three oral histories that shed light on political and personal reactions toward the 1954 Supreme Court ruling Brown versus Board of Education. Includes a teacher's guide as well as the oral history audio excerpts and transcripts.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Outfitting a World War I soldier: Teaching US history with primary sources
What do soldiers wear? Students will say a uniform and mention boots. However, many of the necessities of soldiers are often overlooked by civilians whether the items be standard issue or personal.This lesson gives students the opportunity to not only look at William B. Umstead's artifacts from World War I, but gain insight into how and why each item was used.
Format: lesson plan
By Paulette Scott.
Two perspectives on slavery: A comparison of personal narratives
In this lesson, students will evaluate and critique authors' perspectives. Students will read two first-person narratives and analyze how each text is influenced by its author's cultural background.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Dayna Durbin Gleaves.
Interstate highways from the ground up
This lesson gives students a first-hand opportunity to hear about the planning and effort it takes to build a highway by through an oral history of a North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) resident engineer.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Hurricane Floyd
The lesson on this page are designed to help educators teach about Hurricane Floyd and its aftermath. In these activities, students learn more about flooding that occurred as a result fo the hurricane and what it feels like to be a survivor of such an event.
Format: lesson plan
Change in the mountains
The resources on this page are designed to help educators teach about changes that have occurred in the mountain region of North Carolina over the last century. The lessons will provide an opportunity for students to learn about the effects technological innovation had on community development in mountain communities.
Format: lesson plan
Now what? A President considers a career change
In Rethinking Reports, page 1.2
In this alternative to the dreaded "President Report," students write a resumé for an ex-president.
By Melissa Thibault and David Walbert.
Oral history through personal narratives
Students apply their knowledge of story elements to art and literature of the 1950s by developing a story, comprehending someone else's story, and diagramming the five elements of plot. Students will then create, revise, edit, and publish their own personal narrative.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 Visual Arts Education, English Language Arts, and Social Studies)
By Mary Magee.
Life history slide show
Students will use photos to create a slide show of their life. They will plan a presentation based on significant episodes of their life and describe their personal experiences in writing.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–9 English Language Arts)
By Mary Lou Faircloth.
Why I am me timeline
Student develops a timeline that correlates personal life events with world events. Research and bibliographic skills are incorporated.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Guidance and Information Skills)
By Rita Briggs.
Walking the Trail of Tears
Students will read accounts and learn about what happened on the Trail of Tears. They will discuss the causes of removal, explore the trail, and understand the effects it had on the Cherokee.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 Social Studies)
By Marsha Davis.
Grade 4
In North Carolina Essential Standards: Social Studies, page 2.5
Fourth Grade is the first formal introduction to North Carolina, its ethnic diversity, its rich culture, the economic energy of its people, and its geographic regions. Fourth Grade students explore the social disciplines of its history, geography, civics and...
Letters home
Students will write letters home, taking on the role of one of the sons of the "Gold Star Mothers" from Union County, NC.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 and 7–8 Social Studies)
By Meg Millard and Pamela Webb.
Simplicity: A literature-based Paideia seminar
Students will apply their knowledge of how developments in the history of the United States, as well as the world, can impact the lives of people today. The lesson is based on the picture book entitled The Simple People, written by Tedd Arnold and illustrated by Andrew Shachat. (Summary: The simple people enjoy the simple life until one of the character's inventions is used to make life more complicated. As a result, everyone forgets the simple things in life.) After a Paideia seminar discussing the book, students will select a modern invention, research the history of its development and how it impacts society, and create a multi-media presentation.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5–6 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Krista Hannah.
Pilgrimage: Mission
The students view symbols and traditions of world religions in artwork as a source for discussion of the effect of “mission” in world history. This discussion also parallels texts usually taught in English II.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Betty Eidenier.
Eyewitness to the flood
In this lesson, students will listen to oral history excerpts from Hurricane Floyd survivors and contrast their experiences with the experiences of the characters in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)